Director Matt Reeves has confirmed that development on The Batman script is starting over.
Several months ago it was reported that the original script was undergoing a rewrite, following Ben Affleck’s departure as director. Initially, DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns and Affleck penned the script before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League scribe Chris Terrio was tapped for a rewrite. But while promoting his new film War for the Planet of the Apes, Reeves confirmed his take on the caped crusader will indeed come from a new script.
Speaking to Josh Horowitz on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Reeves was asked whether or not he was going to be working off of Affleck and John’s script when he confirmed development is just now starting again:
“No. It’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”
Reeves also explained that the film had to sync up with his vision for the character which lines up with his comments that the only way for him to feel confident in his choices is to make a film that he believes in.
The original script from Affleck and Johns featured Deathstroke as the main villain with Joseph Manganiello set to star as the supervillain however it remains unclear whether or not this will still be the case. The actor previously revealed that he wasn’t positive whether or not he would still be in the film but this has not yet been confirmed one way or the other.
The Batman currently stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. The film does not yet have a release date however the stars will be seen in their roles later this year when Justice League opens this fall.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Julian Lewis Jones, and Willem Dafoe are also set to appear. Here’s the official synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on The Batman as we learn it.
Source: MTV’s Happy Sad Confused